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afghanwomen.jpgThis doesn’t exactly sound like things are going swimmingly in Afghanistan to me:

President Hamid Karzai offered Saturday to meet personally with Taliban leader Mullah Omar for peace talks and give the militants a high position in a government ministry as a way to end the rising insurgency in Afghanistan….

More here.  So much for this from Dick Cheney back in 2001:

We made it very clear we want Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar and their senior leadership. And if they’re taken alive we expect to take custody of them.

In case everyone has some sort of amnesia about just what sorts of thug and repressive behavior happened under Taliban rule in Afghanistan, just spend some time here and here, just for starters. 

And, just as a reminder, who is Mullah Omar?  Well, this ought to refresh your memory.  After the horrific losses on 9/11, we had an unprecedented level of support from nations that had never before fully cooperated with us, intelligence in-roads among any number of nations that had previously been closed to us absent subterfuge, and a huge opening for a conversation about moderation versus zealotry and violence across the broad spectrum of religion and culture.  Instead, we followed our President’s obsession with Saddam down a budgetary and resource quagmire of a rabbit hole. And the Taliban and al qaeda continue their march back to power while we slip further and further down in influence across the globe.  If you think this isn’t going to cost us for generations to come, you aren’t thinking about it hard enough.

Heckuva job, Bushie.

(H/T to Atrios for the link to McCarthy.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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